ROCKLAND, Maine — Family and fellow officers braved Monday’s snowstorm to watch Chris Young become Rockland’s new deputy chief.

Young joined the Rockland department in January 1996. He has been a detective since 2001 and was promoted to detective sergeant in 2008. He had previously worked as a deputy for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and as a reserve officer for Rockport.

The new deputy chief said he decided on a career in law enforcement to follow in the footsteps of his late father James Young who rose to the rank of corporal with the Maine State Police before retiring in 1986.

The new deputy chief succeeds Wally Tower, who retired last month and is now overseeing security at the Knox County Regional Airport.